European organizations have provided strong leadership in 1EdTech throughout the years. Today there are over 70 members of 1EdTech Europe across the continent. Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) and Learning Design have strong name recognition throughout Europe. College voor Toetsen en Examens (CvTE) in the Netherlands, along with several Dutch suppliers, have created a Dutch Exam Profile of QTI that is leading the way for assessment in Europe. SURF and Kennisnet in the Netherlands have been instrumental in supporting the evolution and adoption of 1EdTech standards. Under the leadership of JISC and the HED sector, the United Kingdom has provided leadership in developing and deploying Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI), QTI, Learning Information Services, and several other 1EdTech standards. 1EdTech is also a signatory to the Groningen Declaration on the future of digital student data portability.
Since spring 2018, the 1EdTech Europe Board has been the entity within 1EdTech that drives efforts in Europe. The main focus areas of the 1EdTech Europe Board are:
- To ensure that the needs and interests of European members are met in 1EdTech specifications by documenting local functional requirements and use cases and ensuring active representation on relevant Working Groups;
- To increase awareness and adoption of 1EdTech standards in Europe by holding an annual 1EdTech Summit on European soil, producing information materials specifically targeting the European educational marketplace, participating and presenting about 1EdTech on relevant European conferences, as well as establishing long-term partnerships with European institutions that are engaged in the development of ed-tech protocols and standards. View details and the presentations from 1EdTech Europe Summit 2020 held online in November 2020.
In November 2018, 1EdTech announced a collaborative agreement with EUNIS (European University Information Systems)—the association of information technology services in European higher education and research—to promote the existence of high-quality infrastructures and services to support the activities of education and research institutions in Europe. EUNIS and 1EdTech will become members of each other’s organization, and a EUNIS representative will receive a seat on the 1EdTech Europe Board.
The European Commission published ESCO use cases on its website including alignment to Open Badges. ESCO is the multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications, and Occupations—relevant for the EU labour market and education and training.
View the ESCO use cases.
The interplay of ESCO and Open Badges was explored during a panel discussion at the 1EdTech Europe Summit in Barcelona (October 2019). View the video.
1EdTech Contributing Members who are located in Europe and/or have a substantial part of their activity in Europe are eligible to become part of the 1EdTech Europe Board. If you are interested in participating, please contact Gill Ferrell, 1EdTech Europe Program Director.
Overview of Learning Tools Interoperability in Dutch
1EdTech Japan Society
In April 2016, 1EdTech announced the formation of the 1EdTech Japan Society (“1EdTech Japan” or "1EdTech-JS") as a non-profit organization. Today there are over 30 organizations that have joined 1EdTech-JS. 1EdTech-JS provides leadership in the regional e-learning, publishing, and education sectors to further the development and adoption of 1EdTech open standards. 1EdTech-JS is actively collaborating with 1EdTech to provide support to Japanese organizations and individuals seeking to benefit from the open ecosystem of interoperable products enabled by 1EdTech standards. This collaboration includes a certification program for individuals in the use of 1EdTech standards, 1EdTech-JS workgroups, bootcamps, and annual meetings in Tokyo and elsewhere. Learn more.
View the 1EdTech Japan Society website.
1EdTech MENA (Middle East and North Africa)
In February 2022, 1EdTech and the National eLearning Center (NELC) of Saudi Arabia today signed a memorandum of understanding to partner on the launch of 1EdTech MENA. 1EdTech MENA will be managed by NELC with full support from 1EdTech for the purpose of accelerating an interoperable edtech ecosystem to achieve high-quality learning experiences in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East and North Africa region. Read the press release.
1EdTech in Australia and New Zealand
Australia has been a leader in 1EdTech standards for many years through the Australian Department of Education. In prior years, members from Australia were active participants in developing 1EdTech standards. Unfortunately, this leadership has lapsed as the National Schools Interoperability Program (NSIP) has taken over educational standards in Australia. In 2019, the New South Wales Department of Education joined 1EdTech as a Contributing Member and memberships continue to grow among leading suppliers. However, 1EdTech standards, including Content Packaging, LTI, and QTI are still used widely in Australia. New Zealand has been an active contributor to 1EdTech standards development and adoption for many years. The New Zealand Ministry of Education is currently an 1EdTech Contributing Member.
In April 2007, 1EdTech and KERIS (Korea Education and Research Information Service) signed a memorandum of understanding to form 1EdTech Korea. 1EdTech Korea provides regional leadership of the development and adoption of 1EdTech standards, as well as formal liaison with the 1EdTech community. 1EdTech Korea has been involved in many 1EdTech technical areas including Content Packaging, Common Cartridge, Learning Tools Interoperability, Question and Test Interoperability, Access for All, and Caliper Analytics.
1EdTech Europe Leadership Board
The 1EdTech Europe Leadership Board identifies major challenges facing the European learning community worldwide to help guide the strategic priorities of the 1EdTech member community.
View all current members of the 1EdTech Europe Leadership Board here.
1EdTech Consortium (Board Liaison) — Gill Ferrell
1EdTech Japan Society Executive Board
President — Katsuhiko Shirai
Cyber University — Hiroshi Kawahara
Digital Knowledge EdTech Lab Inc. — Hiroaki Haga
Hosei University — Yutaka Tanaka
1EdTech — Rob Abel
NetLearning Holdings Inc. — Toru Kishida
Open University of Japan — Tsuneo Yamada
Uchida Yoko Co., Ltd. — Noboru Ohkubo